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Better brain power
People who eat a Mediterranean diet are less likely to have brain infarcts, which are small areas of dead tissue that are linked to problems with thinking and memory. Researchers followed the diets of over 700 New Yorkers over a period of six years. Those who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet were 36% less likely to have areas of brain damage, and people who were moderately following a Mediterranean diet were 21% less likely to have brain damage than those who did not follow the diet
Sources: University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Exeter


You'll Live Longer — and 7 More Compelling Reasons to Jump on the Mediterranean Diet Trend

It has long been known that a diet consisting of higher levels of vegetables, fruit, and fish is healthier for you than one which consists of cheeseburgers, fries, and an extra large soda. You do not have to move to Greece to be healthier, however - you can adopt a Mediterranean diet right here at home. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the Mediterranean diet, as well as the benefits of the individual components of the diet, are life-changing. The combination of omega-3 fatty acids from fish combined with unsaturated fatty acids from olive oil and nuts, as well as the flavonoids and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, have tremendous health benefits for those who follow it. In fact, we may just be hearing more and more doctors recommending the diet to patients for the prevention of health issues. Here are 8 reasons why you may just want to try a Mediterranean diet for yourself:

-By Jessica Cohen


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